An Album Written To Be Played Randomly On The iPod Shuffle

An Album Written To Be Played Randomly On The iPod Shuffle

I have always loved the idea of the iPod Shuffle — an iPod small enough to attach to my keychain and always carry around with me — but unfortunately, the iPod Shuffle just doesn’t fit the way I listen to music. I don’t want to randomly listen to a bunch of tracks — if I want to listen to random music, I want it curated by a DJ or something.

My Shuffle, then, rarely gets used unless I dust it off along with a delusion of jogging. But musician Matthew Irvine Brown’s new project is enough to make me want to pull my old Shuffle out of the drawer: he’s compiled a set of 18 original tracks that are meant to be played in random order on the iPod Shuffle.

Brown has written the entire album so that each track segues correctly with its fellows no matter what order they are played… even going as so far as to hide the glitch noice of the iPod Shuffle switching tracks.

There’s even separate cover art for each track, which allows the music, played in iTunes, to very roughly animate. Very neat!

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